U.S. President Donald Trump has arrived at the company’s Mac Pro plant in Texas with Apple CEO Tim Cook,media reported. Just a few months ago, Apple announced that it would build the flagship desktop computer in the U.S., a shift apparently due to the continued strained trade relationship between the U.S. and China. In addition to the Texas plant, Mr. Trump also visited Apple’s now-used campus and the latest ground-breaking new campus.
After the visit, Mr. Trump praised Apple’s $1.3 trillion valuation and called it a model of American success. He also described Cook as a “very special person” because his company has huge job potential.
“Tim Cook is a man I have great respect, a great leader, a great businessman,” Trump said.
Cook thanked members of the Trump administration, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who helped Apple get to where it is now, saying, “It would be impossible without them.” Cook did not specify what help was provided or whether it related to Trump’s visit to the plant, but it is well known that the U.S. Trade Representative’s office approved some of the tariff exemptions related to the Mac Pro in September.
Cook then went on to talk about the company’s professional desktop computers and their American heritage.
“We are extremely proud of our products. This is an example of American design, American manufacturing and American creativity,” Cook said of Mac Pro.
Referring to Mac Pro’s manufacturing operations in the US, Mr Trump said: ” (Cook) doesn’t have to worry about tariffs because you don’t have to worry about tariffs when you’re producing in the U.S.” This helps people make decisions in a way. “
Mr. Cook has long called and lobbied Mr. Trump in the hope of combining tariffs on his imports by the Trump administration. It is clear that Cook’s success in maintaining an ongoing relationship with the president has led to some of Apple’s requests being approved.
Mr. Trump called Mr. Cook “a great executive” simply because he called him. “Other companies hire very expensive consultants. Tim Cook calls Donald Trump directly. “
The president is known to call him “Tim Apple” because of the large sums of money Cook has invested in the United States.
In addition to Mr. Cook’s direct phone calls and meetings with the president, Apple recently hired a pro-Trump lobbyist to help the company address the trade issues it faces.